Opinion

Holiday season is also season of giving

Editorials

Minot Daily News’ unscientific reader’s poll on charitable giving this week revealed that, unofficially, readers believe in an essential connection between the holiday season and giving. Again, online polls like this are not scientific in that they represent a random sampling of the ...

A man like Bush 41 may never pass this way again

Editorials

Far grander, far more familiar and far more eloquent voices will be remembering and eulogizing President George W. Bush this week after his unfortunate passing at 94 last weekend. However, Minot Daily News does not want the occasion to pass without making brief comment. Minot is a city with ...

ADHD, August birthdays and why I’m a conservative

Community Columnists

Ideology takes a back seat in modern politics, and that’s not a good thing. People identifying themselves as “conservative” or “progressive” are associating themselves less with a school of thought than with the avatars representing those terms in our national political war. I’m ...

The Supreme Court jumps to unanimity on frog case

National Columnists

Unanimity is elusive in today's America but the Supreme Court achieved it last week. Although the dusky gopher frog is endangered, so are property rights and accountable governance. Both would have been further jeopardized if the frog's partisans in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) had ...

Downtown all decked out for Christmas

Editorials

People in need of a little cheer should check out downtown Minot. It is splendidly decked out for Christmas, and a lot of folks deserve credit for making it so. A recent article in Minot Daily News gave mention to some of the many people and organizations involved in setting up and decorating ...

Hollywood seeks revenge for Gary Hart

National Columnists

Hollywood's a bit inconsistent when the topic is the press. It was a righteous guardian of the truth against the Catholic Church in "Spotlight" and against Richard Nixon in "The Post." But now, in the new movie "The Front Runner," it is painted as the villain -- when its target was Gary Hart. ...

An alternative thought for the Minot council

Editorials

As the City of Minot continues to tinker with procedure, necessary after the change of government structure, leadership does a good job at responding to even unanticipated challenges. The transition process has been handled thoughtfully and with long-term stability in mind. Just last week, ...

Hate is up; love is down. Sell!

Community Columnists

Hate stock is going up. If you have anything like a “personal relationships” portfolio, it’s time to dump the “love stock” and “buy hate.” Hate is on the way up. The FBI announced recently that reported hate crimes were up 17 percent last year. However many hates are not ...

Wake Up

Letters to the Editor

Dan Sandvold Minot Time for our city fathers to wake up and get back to the basics. Enough mistakes, enough money wasted, and enough tax increases. Pull the weeds, fix the roads, and replace the terrible lighting system everywhere. The City of Minot is an economic disaster and when ...

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Editorials

December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory... John Geddes No, I can’t bring myself to say it. Even post-Black Friday, even with cheery but crowded retail stores, the festive annual music and the holiday just a few weeks away, I ...

Sipma needs to man up

Letters to the Editor

Jeff Fox Minot In last night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the City Council discussed the idea of appointing an Ombudsman. In case you’re like me and didn’t know an ombudsman does, I’ll fill you in on what it is that he does. He answers and investigates complaints from ...

A case against Central

Letters to the Editor

Chris Baker Minot The last thing we need to do is waste more money on Central Campus! It is located within walking distance of no family housing, is in a difficult traffic situation, and would be best used for either a smaller population special needs school or an administration building. ...

Time to get health insurance

Letters to the Editor

Dr. Charles Christianson Grand Forks As a North Dakota family physician, I want to share information important to everyone. First, timely medical examination and treatment saves lives every day. Second, North Dakotans are more likely to get timely treatment if they have insurance ...

What’s the rush?

Letters to the Editor

Darol Bonebrake Bottineau I have been a homeowner at Lake Metigoshe, now retired there on Lake Loop Road. I have been astonished by people doing speeds up to 70 in a 40 mph areas, 45 in 25 mph, residential at that. Why all the hurry? Sheriff has no time for this problem. He has 750 ...

For sheep’s sake

Letters to the Editor

Paula Moore Norfolk, Va. The PETA Foundation Sheep are such gentle individuals that children sing nursery rhymes about them and adults count them to help us doze off. Yet when we buy wool sweaters and winter coats, we are supporting a violent industry that leaves these animals broken and ...

Old guard still in charge

Letters to the Editor

Charles Tuttle Minot The old guard is still in charge, I’m sorry to say. When we changed the city council some years ago we founded the make Minot group. I saw this as our new young generation, with a vision to bring back Minot magic. A new guard, or so I thought, was going to be the ...

Animal research vital to fighting AIDS

National Columnists

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to reflect on a disease that has upended the lives of millions of people and their families. There have been marked improvements in our approach toward HIV since its discovery in 1983. Then, infection was a death sentence; now, medical advances have made ...

Congratulations Denbea McNally on winning prestigious award

Editorials

here was excitement and celebration earlier this week for Denbea McNally, a special education paraprofessional at Lewis and Clark Elementary in Minot. She was selected as the North Dakota United Education Support Professional of the Year and was properly honored at a school assembly on ...